New school program begins

NEW SCHOOL PROGRAM - Students at Central Rayne Kindergarten participate the new Do-Re-ME! program, one of three schools in Acadia Parish selected for participation as instructed by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music. Instructor for the weekly class is Christine Balfa, left, and her assistant, Alyce Ray, right.
The Do-Re-ME! Program begins in Acadia Parish
“The students are really enjoying the new program and it is going well," states Central Kindergarten Principal Christy Higginbotham

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes at Central Rayne Kindergarten began the 2013-2014 school year by participating in a new program offered to only three Acadia Parish schools by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music. 

The Do-Re-ME! Program, only in its second year offered to schools in the area, also began classes at Crowley Kindergarten and kindergarten classes at Church Point Elementary. The three schools, chosen as the most at-risk schools at that age, were chosen to begin classes this fall.

The program is designed to reinforce the students’ classroom learning and give them a hands-on learning approach, which benefits some students more than instruction.

If the board likes the results, ASO and the board can begin the dialogue to find funding to expand the program’s presence throughout the parish.

Central Rayne Principal Christy Higginbotham noted a positive spin on the new program. “The students are really enjoying the new program and it is going well. What they are learning is also carrying over into their entire school day.”